Booyah! We are in New Zealand!!
Trip Start Jan 19, 2011
20Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
cool little modern hotel downtown
Anyway, Colin bought a drum in Fiji, which they almost confiscated in immigrations in NZ because it is made of wood and we failed to list it our customs form. Luckily, Colin's a good salesman and schemed our way into taking it with us. Once through customs,... we went to the I-site desk (info desk) to try and get some free maps and info on car rental
We had decided to somewhat splurge on our first night and get a cheap private hotel room so we could get some sleep. (Colin hasn't fully transitioned to the time zone change) But once we "arrived" at our hotel that we found from the 2011 Lonely Planet Guide Book, we found out that that hotel no longer existed. Luckily, it had just been renamed by the new owner... and it turned out really cool. It even has a new and modern feel to it and includes a kitchen with a stove and frig. Score! We just bought some groceries to make dinner tonight and we even have stove to make tea in the morning. Life is good. Tomorrows checklist include money exchange (we have to get cash to buy a car), look for a car (saw a backpacker vehicle with a flyer advertising it's sale, so that could work), buy a pre-paid cell phone, and explore Auckland. Day 8 of our journey almost past and my tummy calls. Sending lots of love!!!!